The origins of Mother's Day

Most Sundays in the year, churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or 'daughter church'. Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or 'mother' church once a year. So, each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their 'mother' church - the main church or cathedral in the area.

Inevitably, the return to the 'mother' church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. It was quite common for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.

Most historians think that it was the return to the 'mother' church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, being given the day off to visit their mother and family. As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.

One of the tastiest traditions of Mothering Sunday was the baking of Simnel cake. As well as an indulgence to make up for the austerity of Lent, it was a thoughtful gift to take home. Consisting of layers of cake and marzipan, a traditional Simnel cake also reflects the religious overtones of the event by being adorned with 11 balls of marzipan, representing all the disciples of Jesus, minus Judas.

Mother’s Day became a major commercial opportunity during the early years of the 20th century, with Hallmark leading the way in manufacturing cards in the early 1920s. 

Girls gifting grandmother a card

Gift guide

From being active, to pamper products to dressing up for an event we’ve got a range of gifts including extra wide shoes for swollen feet that could be perfect for a mother, grandmother, friend or loved one this March.

For those who like to be active:

Put a spring in every step with these fabulous premium leather shoes called Tango and Samba. The lace-up Tango shoe has a contemporary zip fastening so it’s easy to get on and off while the Samba style has twin, touch-fastening straps which can be adjusted to fit a range of swelling. Both shoes are part of our Cushion Active™ range and are made with highly shock-absorbing underfoot comfort. Perfect shoes for a nice spring walk!

Cushion Active™ footwear

Shop the Tango and Samba styles.

For those who like relaxing at home:

Enjoy blissful comfort in our Scandi-style mule called DonnaExceptionally comfy and so easy to put on, these slipper mules are made from wool which gently moulds to your feet, minimises odour, wicks away moisture and regulates temperature so you don’t overheat.

Donna

Shop the Donna slipper today.

For those who love animal prints:

This spring we have brought out a new range of striking print footwear. Embrace your wild side and take your feet on an adventure with our animal print footwear

Animal print footwear

Shop our new animal print footwear range.

For those who enjoy flowers:

There aren't many people who don't love admiring a stunning bunch of fresh flowers. Somerset florist, Abundiflora sell a range of gorgeous spring bouquets that are perfect for treating a loved one. We had the opportunity to interview owner and florist Jake Nicholson-Lailey who gave us an exclusive step-by-step guide on how to make a stunning spring bouquet

We are also offering one lucky person the chance to win a flower bouquet for a friend or loved one this March. 

Floral Footwear

For those who like to stand out:

Shiny metallics are in this season! Crafted from beautifully soft, premium leathers, this fashionable lace-up Jo-Jo gives you high-street style along with fabulous comfort and a flexible fit. A wardrobe staple, it looks great with everything; from dresses to tailored trousers to your favourite pair of jeans.

Jo-Jo

Shop our metallic footwear range.

For those who like to pamper themselves:

Lavender is well known for its lovely fragrance but it also has many relaxing, health benefits. It can relieve anxiety and insomnia, ease muscular aches and pains and enhance blood circulation. 

Save £7 when you buy 4 premium-quality lavender products together, in our Lavender Bundle for only £33.00. 

Lavender Bundle

Shop our lavender products today.

For those who love socks:

Great with jeans and casual wear, these Cotton‑rich Mid‑weight Seam‑free Socks keep feet cool and comfy. The soft, comfort cuff gently grips the leg so it won’t dig in or restrict circulation while the smooth join at the toe won’t rub or irritate. Stretchy LYCRA® fibre enhances the fit. Available in standard and extra roomy fittings.

Cotton‑rich Softhold® Socks

Shop our Cotton‑rich Mid‑weight Seam‑free Socks today.

Happy gift shopping!

However you are celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday 22nd March, we hope you have a lovely day!